Plantron­ics Back­Beat GO 2

Get­ting back into the beat

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT - TExT // BRyaN CHaN

The Plantron­ics Back­Beat GO 2 ad­dresses two very sim­ple needs: the need for a good pair of head­phones that out­puts good au­dio qual­ity and the need for a hands-free head­set that al­lows you to com­mu­ni­cate clearly. Could this be the ul­ti­mate hands-free so­lu­tion? We find out in this re­view.

Com­pact, light­weight and ca­pa­ble of crys­tal-clear au­dio, the Plantron­ics Back­Beat GO 2 is more than your av­er­age Blue­tooth head­set. For starters, Plantron­ics has ap­plied a P2i mil­i­tary-grade nano-coat­ing on this pair of head­phones. This coat­ing pro­tects the ear­buds against sweat, mois­ture, and even al­lows you to use the head­phones un­der light rain.

To test this head­set, we con­nected it to an An­droid smart­phone and first played a cou­ple of songs. We found that the Back­Beat GO 2 han­dles the mids and highs very well, with ex­cep­tional clar­ity. When it comes to the lower end of the spec­trum though, we’d rec­om­mend try­ing out the var­i­ous sized ear­buds for best re­sult. You’ll need to en­sure that the ear­buds fully cover your ear canals to pre­vent sound leak­age and to give you bet­ter bass re­sponse. While on the sub­ject, we’d like to add that this head­set per­form very well with acous­tic mu­sic, such as that from John Mayer and Joanna Wang.

When it comes to the hands-free el­e­ment, the Back­Beat GO 2 of­fers very clear voice when re­ceiv­ing calls. The in­te­grated mi­cro­phone (which is lo­cated on the in-line re­mote con­troller) also does a very good job at cap­tur­ing your voice. This makes the Back­Beat GO 2 a great com­pan­ion for use with Siri or the new voice com­mand fea­ture in­tro­duced in An­droid 4.4.

In terms of bat­tery life, this head­set of­fers up to five hours of talk time, or up to four and a half hours of mu­sic play­back. For­tu­nately, this num­ber can be in­creased if you pur­chase the bun­dle that comes with the charg­ing case. The charg­ing case that’s bun­dled with this head­set is a rather unique one. It comes with an in­te­grated bat­tery, which when con­nected to the head­set, adds up to 10 hours of bat­tery life. It also comes with a small LED panel that tells you the re­main­ing bat­tery level. Sadly, you won’t be able to use this head­set while it’s charg­ing, be­cause the pro­vided cable is rather short.

As for com­fort, we’re happy to re­port that the Back­Beat GO 2 is ex­tremely light, mak­ing it very com­fort­able to wear. There’s a sil­i­cone wedge just be­hind the earcups that Plantron­ics named sta­bi­liz­ers, and th­ese help to en­sure that the head­set sits prop­erly when used. There is, how­ever, one small is­sue about the de­sign of this head­set – the in-line re­mote is lo­cated on the right side, mak­ing it rather dif­fi­cult for left-handed users to ac­cess it.

In a nut­shell, we’re very happy with the Plantron­ics Back­Beat GO 2, al­though we do think that it could have used a lit­tle more au­dio pro­cess­ing tech­nol­ogy, such as the one fea­tured in the Jabra Mo­tion. If you’re look­ing for some­thing that’s a lit­tle more rugged and com­pact, we’d have no qualms about rec­om­mend­ing this to you.

You charge the Plantron­ics Back­Beat GO 2 via a mi­croUSB port found on the rear of the right ear­piece.

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